Jade International can handle your ocean freight shipments from less than container loads to break bulk cargo.
FULL CONTAINER LOAD (FCL)
Full container load or FCL shipments are moved with a number of ocean freight lines. As an independent freight forwarder, we are able to work with any carrier that can meet the needs of our clients. When quoting our clients, we are looking for the overall best cost and not the cheapest. Why not the cheapest? Cheap comes with a cost. What we at Jade do is explore multiple carriers to find the best vessel schedules and frequency, transit times, carrier reliability, equipment and space availability, and the customer service of the carrier.
Depending on the size of your shipment, shipping FCL may be a viable option for your cargo as there could be additional shipping cost savings and offers more protection for your cargo during transit.
LESS THAN CONTAINER LOAD (LCL)
Less than container load or LCL shipments are moved with a number of ocean freight carriers that are consolidators or NVOCC’s (non vessel operating common carriers). We have the ability to move smaller shipments by LCL and take advantage of the larger NVOCC buy rates. They offer this service and generally have very large contracts directly with the steamship lines or vessel operators and they can offer these rates to shippers whose cargo lends itself to consolidation.
LCL can consist of only a couple of boxes to a few pallets of your product. We look not only for the best overall price, but the best service available to move your LCL cargo. LCL only pertains to dry, non-perishable cargo.
Hazardous ocean freight services are offered for both less than container loads (LCL) and full container loads (FCL). The difference between shipping non-hazardous and hazardous cargo is the proper packaging, labeling, and documentation that is required.
It is always important when shipping hazardous materials that your goods are declared correctly so we can match the goods with the proper ocean carrier. For instance; class 5 is an oxidizer and can increase the danger of a ship board fire and many carriers will not offer service for these materials.
Refrigerated ocean containers, also known as reefers, are offered as full container loads only. Refrigerated containers are for products that require protection from heat or cold, ventilation or temperature control. With the integration of reefer containers, this allows consumers all over the world to enjoy perishable or frozen products at any time of year.
Many carriers will offer 20 and 40 foot refrigerated containers, but they are subject to space and equipment availability. Most of the ocean carriers have invested sizable amounts in upgraded and modern reefer containers. This allows shippers of perishable or frozen products to ship their goods with a number of quality carriers to many global destinations.
‘One size does not fit all.’ Many companies simply have products that do not fit into the standard ocean freight containers. Ocean break bulk is the answer. If your cargo is over width, height or weight, we can still forward your goods to your clients around the world. We work with a number of truckers, terminals, and carriers along with other specialists to get your goods safely and cost effectively to your customers.
Depending upon the size and type of items you are shipping, we can match the goods to the terminals, provide the best handling, and ocean carrier options for your goods. We can also use flat racks should the goods lend themselves that way to provide faster transits or more frequent sailings if time is critical.